No. 6 Terps Defeat NCAA Champ Heels 3-1
Oct. 5, 2002
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Two early goals and a diligent defensive effort won the No. 6 Maryland men's soccer team a 3-1 victory over defending NCAA Champion North Carolina. The Terps are now 9-2 (2-1 ACC), while the Tar Heels fall to 7-4 (1-2 ACC).
The Terps struck early, less than five minutes into the game, when Nino Marcantonio (Bethesda, Md.) got a strong shot from inside the box past Carolina keeper Ford Williams. Domenic Mediate (Southlake, Texas) supplied the assist on the opening goal of the night.
Five minutes later, Ian Rodway (Columbia, Md.) kept a UNC clear alive with his head and directed it to a soaring Sumed Ibrahim (Tamale, Ghana). Sumed redirected the ball into the net for a 2-0 Maryland lead 9:21 into the game. The goal would prove to be the game winner, and was Sumed's sixth decision-maker of the year.
North Carolina got on the scoreboard in the 37th minute when the Heels sparked a turnover and Ray Fumo made the deposit. The goal at 36:17 made the score 2-1, a score that would hold through the halftime break.
Maryland sophomore goalkeeper Noah Palmer (Williamsburg, Va.) denied the possible game-tying goal from Matt Crawford, elevating to punch the hard shot over the net. Palmer ended with five saves in the win.
In transition, Mediate won a footrace to strike again in the final minute of action as the sophomore took advantage of a Tar Heel open net after Williams left the North Carolina goal to play offense in hopes of sending the game into overtime. Mediate corralled a rebound just inside the top of the box and deposited it into the empty net unassisted to give Maryland the 3-1 advantage and the win.
A dynamic crowd of 3,015 filled Ludwig Field for the game, the fourth largest men's crowd ever to see a Terrapin game at Ludwig Field. The attendance was the largest since the Maryland vs. Creighton NCAA quarterfinal game on Dec. 15, 1998. That night, a crowd of 3,123 filled the Ludwig Field stands.
The victory over North Carolina is memorable one in that it marks the first time since October 23, 1988, when Maryland defeated Clemson 2-1, that the Terps have knocked off a defending national champion.
No. 6 Maryland begins a three-game away stint on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 3 p.m. when it travels to nearby Georgetown to meet the Hoyas. The road trip continues at No. 15 Connecticut on Saturday, Oct. 12. That game begins at 7 p.m.
Box Score 1 2 F North Carolina 1 0 1 No. 6 Maryland 2 1 3